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Welsh Winter Hillwalking and Mountaineering

Our Welsh Winter courses are based at home in Plas y Brenin, deep in the heart of Snowdonia's National Park. The mountains are accessible with moderate walks into high North and East facing shady slopes and cwms. Whilst the winters are a little unpredictable the last few years have delivered some excellent snow and ice conditions, ideal for learning essential winter skills. But whatever the weather, our flexible course programme means we can take full advantage of whatever Mother Nature serves up.

Welsh Winter Skills

Two days of intensive winter skills. Use and choice of ice axe and crampons, equipment selection, winter navigation and self arrest will all be covered............

Experience Required: summer hillwalking.

Cost and Duration: £235 (2 Days)

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Welsh Winter Hillwalking

Designed for those with some hillwalking experience who want to travel the mountains confidently at a time of year when the length of day may make visibility uncertain. The winter time offers great op...........

Experience Required:  some summer hillwalking.

Cost and Duration: £385 (5 Days)

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Winter Fourteen Peaks Challenge

An opportunity to attept to tick off all of Wales' 3000 foot peaks in one week. The unpredictable weather at this time of year calls for more time to take on the challenge, that's why this five-day at...........

Experience Required: A good level of summer hillwalking fitness.

Cost and Duration: £515 (5 Days)

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Winter Navigation

Although the fundamental techniques involved in navigating are the same regardless of the seasons, winter brings with it unique challenges. This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to ...........

Experience Required:  basic understanding of navigation.

Cost and Duration: £230 (2 Days)

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Welsh Winter Mountaineering

Making the most of the unpredictable weather experienced during the winter months in North Wales, this course is aimed at those summer hillwalkers who want to extend their skills to four seasons. Use ...........

Experience Required: summer hillwalking.

Cost and Duration: £475 (5 Days)

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Welsh Winter Ridges

An exhilarating weekend of guided mountaineering on some of Snowdonia's classic ridges. In winter, these narrow, rocky exposed ridges are even more demanding and exciting. In a group of two, you'll ...........

Experience Required: A good level a hillwalking fitness, a head for heights and a thirst for adventure.

Cost and Duration: £360 (2 Days)

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BMC discounted courses

 

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You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run one of the courses listed above on a date that suits you and your friends or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too.
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Last Minute Discounts

Our Packed and Ready Discounts page always has some incredibe deals on offer. But you'll need act fast to take advantage of these bargains.

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British Mountaineering Council Deals

Check out the latest rock climbing and hillwalking deals from our partner organisation The BMC.
Now includes a range of subsidised winter skills courses!!!!

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Up to 75% Funding For Outoor Training

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Snowdonia Expedition Assessment Service

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